Michael Nylander Headed Back to Chicago? Doubtful...

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2008

As I trolled all the NHL rumor sites, TSN, ESPN, and CBC this morning, I came across Bob McKenzie's blog on TSN. In the blog McKenzie talks about where Mathieu Schneider will land, but at the end of the blog, McKenzie mentions how the Washington Capitals are looking to move Michael Nylander.

McKenzie only mentions the Chicago Blackhawks as one of Nylander's possible destinations and this got me thinking to how outrageous this seems with the Blackhawks current cap situation.

Although I would love to see Michael Nylander back with the Chicago Blackhawks, the problem is that Nylander is still owed $14 million over the next three seasons and $5.5 million due this season.

This would be a problem for the Chicago Blackhawks who only have $1.492 million left under the cap, in order to even afford Nylander the Blackhawks would have to rid themselves of Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.750 Million) or both Cam Barker and Brent Sopel ($4.35 Million).

It is crazy to think that the Blackhawks would get rid of a former first round pick and one of their most consist defense-men but there seems to be no takers for Nikolai Khabibulin's gigantic contract. 

Michael Nylander, although 35 going on 36 years old, can still put up a good amount of points in the NHL. Last season he only played in 40 games but put up 37 points (11 goals and 26 assists).

That type of production would be an upgrade over former second line center Robert Lang and a major upgrade over Dave Bolland or Petri Kontiola.The problem is that the Blackhawks would need to make more moves to get Michael Nylander into the organization and right now nobody in the NHL wants our garbage...

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Blackhawks Notes:

Line-Up for Exhibition game versus Columbus

Forwards

Sharp-Kontiola-Kane

Pelletier-Bolland-Brouwer

Makarov-Brophey-Versteeg

Bickell-Fraser-Boulerice

Defense

Keith-Seabrook

Barker-Campbell

Johnson-Lalonde

Goalies

Crawford

Fallon

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